SUMMER AND SEMESTER POSITIONS
The Bureau of Competition offers summer and semester legal internships for highly motivated law students with an interest in antitrust law. Interns are placed with one of the following divisions: Mergers I, Mergers II, Mergers III, Mergers IV, Anticompetitive Practices, or Health Care.
We offer substantive legal work that gives interns an opportunity to demonstrate their writing, analytical, and advocacy skills. The small size of the program enables interns to be fully integrated onto investigational teams and take on meaningful assignments with significant responsibility. Assignments may include: drafting pleadings, discovery requests and responses; appearing in court or at hearings and depositions with Bureau of Competition attorneys; attending meetings with parties and their outside counsel; leading interview calls and summarizing findings through written reports; reviewing documents; and researching a wide range of legal issues. In addition to receiving meaningful assignments, all interns are assigned an attorney mentor and invited to training sessions and brown bags on key antitrust issues.
The Bureau coordinates a comprehensive 8 to 10 week Summer Program for second and first year law student interns. Most interns start the last week in May and the Bureau organizes a summer calendar throughout June and July that provides interns with opportunities to learn about the fundamentals of antitrust law, and attend case studies, brown bags, and a variety of social events. Our goal is for all interns to leave the summer with great experiences and skills, as well as strong professional relationships with staff.
- 2L Summer Internships
The Bureau typically welcomes 8 2L students during the summer and accepts applications from August 1 through September 15. Interns are paid at a GS 9, Step 1 salary.
- 1L Summer Internships
The Bureau also welcomes between 6 and 8 1L student interns and accepts applications from December 1 through February 1. Internships are typically unpaid volunteer positions.
The Bureau provides semester internships every spring and fall to second and third year law students with a background in antitrust, economics, or finance. We request that students be available to work at least 10 to 15 hours per week. Students applying for semester positions are encouraged to indicate their preferred divisions in the cover letter. All semester internships are unpaid volunteer positions.
You must meet one of the following categories to be considered: (1) a U.S. citizen; (2) a person lawfully admitted for permanent residence seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B); (3) a person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. § 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or (4) is a person who owes allegiance to the United States.
How to apply
Students interested in applying for a 2L Summer Internship must become a My USAJobs Member and apply to the Summer Honors Legal Intern – 2L posting, and receive automated job alerts when positions become available. Students that are determined to be among the best-qualified candidates are eligible to participate in the on-campus interviewing process, if your school is on our interview schedule, and call back interviews. We try to make callback decisions as quickly as possible after the initial interview, generally within three weeks. We extend offers on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. The Federal Trade Commission follows the NALP General Standards for the Timing of Offers and Decisions.